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2017 marks the 9th Annual Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon in Highlands Ranch!  This 13.1 mile scenic trail run utilizes the Douglas County East/West trail and the pristine Highlands Ranch Community Association's Backcountry Wilderness Area trails.  



2017 race will be limited to 1,000 participants.

Registration fees

13.1 Mile Run Closed

Registration closed
    1. $60.00
      Jan 1 – May 31
    2. $70.00
      Jun 1 – Sep 30
    3. $80.00
      Oct 1 – Nov 1

Updates for 2017!


ALL finishers receive this amazing medal!


We are excited about a new course for 2017!   We kept the best parts of the previous course, took out the pavement, added some more single track, and GREATLY improved the parking situation!... overall this is going to be an incredible route!    The race will start just down the East/West trail from Rocky Heights Middle School (all parking will be at the school) 

 2017 ROUTE MAP!!! 

In an effort to reduce the amount of garbage we are bringing into the Backcountry, starting this year the Backcountry Half Marathon will be completely Cupless on course.  After seeing the thousands of little cups we went through last year, we feel strongly that this is the best decision for the enviorment.   We will give you a high quality, 6oz handheld bottle (pictured below, hand strap is on the back with a zippered pocket for keys) you can use during the race (and in the future!!), and individuals who already have hydration systems are encouraged to use them!    We will still have two aid stations, with tons of water and nuun hydration... we just won't have paper cups.   If you have any questions or concerns about this change, please email Don Reichelt, race director, at

Many trail races around the country are making this change, we are excited to be one of them! 

Race Amenities

All participants will receive:

  • Long sleeve technical race shirt
  • Custom race series handheld bottle 
  • Custom race bib
  • Amazing finisher medal
  • FREE all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from Flippin' Flap Jacks
  • FREE beers from Living the Dream Brewing!
  • Post-race party

Course Description

The Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon course has spectacular views! The course is a single loop which is 100% on dirt/gravel/single track. Runners will have the potential to view wildlife along the way as well as a soak in the amazing mountain views. 

Since the Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon is a trail race in November, there is a potential on race day to encounter mud, snow or ice on the trail. We race rain, shine, sleet or snow!


Additional Course Details

  • There will be 2 aid stations available for you to refill your water bottles/cups.  One at mile 4 and the second around mile 8.5.   Because we are going completely cupless at this year's race, make sure you have your hydration system ready to fill at each aid station you're stopping at.  

  • Our aim of going cupless is to reduce the amount of garbage being brought into the Backcountry Wildnerness Area and limit our impact on our enviornment.  Please respect the trails and follow the principles of LEAVE NO TRACE. Trash cans will be available at each aid station.
  • For the safety of participants and potential Backcountry Wilderness Area wildlife, dogs and strollers are not allowed. 

Watch this video to see why our race is the most scenic Half Marathon course along the front range!  (Please note, this is a video of the previous course)

Directions & Parking


Address:   11033 Monarch Blvd, Lone Tree, CO 80124

Parking will be available at Rocky Heights Middle School, as well as Rocky Canyon High School.   It is a short walk to the start/finish line area from there!    

Packet Pickup

Early Packet Pickup

Date: Friday, November 3rd, 2017

Time: 2-7pm

Location: Southridge Recreation Center, 4800 McArthur Ranch Rd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80130.  

Pickup will take place in the main hallway, just past the registration desk.   



Race Day Packet Pickup / Registration

You will be able to pick up your timing bib and race shirt beginning at 7:30 a.m. on race morning. **YOU MUST BRING YOUR PHOTO ID


Awards & Results

All Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon finishers will receive a finishers medal!

Overall Top 3 male / female winners will receive award and cash purse!
Purse will be awarded in the following amounts: $400 - 1st | $200 - 2nd | $100 - 3rd

Top 3 male / female winners will receive awards in the following age groups:
Masters, 19 & Under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+ 


 Race results provided by Colorado Race Timing and will be posted at the event as well as on the Highlands Ranch Race Series website within 24 hours of the event. 



Additional Race Details

  • Restrooms will be available at the start/finish area (portable toilets), as well as mile 2 and mile 4
  • Race fees do not include additional online processing fees and are non-refundable and non-transferable
  • In order to guarantee choice of shirt size please register by October 18th. Shirt quantities are limited and choice of sizes are not guaranteed to those who do not register early.
  • We race in all weather conditions!



Thank You Sponsors!

 Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, PR Bar!




Our Title Beneficiatry for the 2017 Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon is the Backcountry Conservation and Education Fund.   This fund furthers the mission of the Backcountry Wilderness Area of Highlands Ranch to protect and conserve wildlife habitat and to provide outdoor education and recreation opportunities in the Backcountry in order to promote and improve environmental literacy and ensure the conservation of the Backcountry for generations to come.  All donations made to this 501(c)(3) are fully tax deductable, and you'll know that your dollars are going towards an outdoor legacy right in your backyard!   For more information on The Backcountry Wilderness Area, please visit them here: Backcountry Wilderness Area

Douglas County Search and Rescue Team, Inc. (DCSAR) is a non-profit, all volunteer team dedicated to providing search, rescue, emergency response, and outdoor safety education to the citizens of Douglas County, Colorado. The team also responds to requests for assistance from other search and rescue (SAR) teams in Colorado and around the United States.

The team will be stationed throughout the Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon course as well as at the finish line to ensure the safety of our participants. We appreciate their time volunteering for our race and keeping everyone safe on race day! A portion of our race proceeds will go towards purchasing new rescue equipment for DSCAR. To learn more about this organaiztion, please visit:

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Event Schedule

  • November 3 3:00 PM MDT - Early Packet Pickup

  • November 4 7:00 AM MDT - Race Day Packet Pickup

  • November 4 9:00 AM MDT - Race Start

  • November 4 10:30 AM MDT - Post Race Party

Contact Information

Event Location

Rocky Heights Middle School, Monarch Boulevard, Lone Tree, CO, United States

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